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UMass Amherst Special Collections
Saturday, March 2
UMass Amherst Special Collections
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Hybrid: Millbury Public Library and Virtual
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Caroline White presents:
 
Quakers, Aggies, and Archivists: An Inside Look at Genealogy Resources in UMass Amherst’s Archives
 
The Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center (SCUA), in the UMass Amherst Libraries, holds more than 1,500 collections of varying sizes and in a range of formats. SCUA is open to all, and researchers come from on campus, off campus, and way off campus to use the collections; those unable to visit ask questions by email and/or use SCUA’s ever-growing online digital collections. For researchers whose interests are genealogical, whether they are asking about one ancestor or trying to construct a complete family history, SCUA has two collections that are chiefly consulted: the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends Records and the University Archives.
In a presentation that will describe SCUA’s holdings and include examples of her own work helping researchers and seekers of genealogical information, Caroline White will cover the following:
  • SCUA’s mission and collecting areas
  • Collection highlights
  • Collections for genealogical research including
    • New England Yearly Meeting of Friends Records: what they are/include, why we have them, how they fit into our collecting mission
    • University Archives (official and unofficial): how they come in, what they include, what they do not include
  • How to work effectively with an archivist, whether doing research in person or remotely
  • SCUA resources and using them/how researchers (and casual Googlers) find us
  • Challenges of remote research and why everything isn’t digitized
  • Digital resources and digitization challenges
 
About Caroline: Caroline J. White, Archives and Manuscript Librarian in the Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center (SCUA), in the UMass Amherst Libraries, is a graduate of Simmons School of Library and Information Science, where she earned an MS in archives management, and of Princeton University, where she majored in English. Before becoming an archivist, she worked for nineteen years as an editor for Viking, Penguin, and Penguin Classics, in New York City. She has taught as an adjunct instructor in Simmons’ archives program; held several short-term positions at Mount Holyoke College’s Archives and Special Collections; and given presentations at professional conferences including the Society of American Archivists, New England Archivists, and Academic Library Advancement and Development Network. Her articles have appeared in Acid Free and Archival Outlook, among other publications. A native of Philadelphia, her mother’s hometown, she grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, like her Kentucky-born father, but also has deep roots in Massachusetts, her adopted state.
 
  9:00 am EST    Library opens
  9:30 am EST    Socializing
  9:45 am EST    Business meeting
10:00 am EST    Presentation
 
Join us for lunch at a local restaurant after the presentation.
 
This presentation will be Hybrid - In Person and Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required if you are attending virtually at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkceGpqj8iGtLzvLOU2gf16yyW9wf-3Ubo#/registration
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
In Person Location:
Millbury Public Library
128 Elm St
Millbury, MA
 
                                                



Historical Society of the United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 6
Historical Society of the United Methodist Church
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
Worcester Chapter Meeting
 
Frances Lyons presents: 
 
Resources at the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church
 
About Frances:
 
Trained as an archivist at University College Dublin following graduation with a degree in History. Worked in museum and corporate archives until appointment as Reference Archivist at the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church in 2008. Certified by The Academy of Certified Archivists. 
 
  9:30 am EDT    Socializing
  9:45 am EDT    Business meeting
10:00 am EDT    Presentation
 
This presentation will be Virtual via Zoom.  Pre-registration is required
 
The presentation is free and open to the public.
 
 
 



Tour of the Worcester Room and Presentation on the Family Search Library
Saturday, May 4
Tour of the Worcester Room and Presentation on the Family Search Library
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
In Person
Join us for a tour of the Worcester Room at the Worcester Public Library, which contains many valuable and fragile resources of interest to genealogists and historians.  Our guide will be Alex London, reference librarian and genealogy specialist.  After the tour, we'll also hear a presentation on the Family Search Library in Salt Lake City, given by Seema-Jayne Kenney.
 
   9:00 am EDT    Library opens
 10:00 am EDT    Tour of the Worcester Room on the 3rd floor
 11:00 am EDT     Business Meeting in the Saxe Room on the 1st floor
 11:15 am EDT     Presentation on the Family Search Library in the Saxe Room on the 1st floor
 
Parking is available in the McGrath Parking Lot next to the library.  Bring your ticket to the Welcome Desk to be validated.  The cost is $1/hour with validation.
 
Join us for lunch at a local restaurant after the presentation.
 
This presentation will be In Person.  It is free and open to the public.
 
Location:
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem St
Worcester, MA
 
Alex London is a Reference Librarian and subject specialist in Local History and Genealogy at the Worcester Public Library.  He holds an MLIS degree from the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.
 
Seema-Jayne Kenney is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist.  Her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, and Sweden, with DNA research adding a line in the Netherlands.  She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member and officer of several societies.  She has served as Treasurer and President of the Worcester Chapter of MSOG as well as at the State level as past President and is currently co-editor of the MASSOG Journal.
 
Presentation:  First Trip to the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City
 
Description:  The mecca of genealogy is the library in Salt Lake City. Let’s review the preparation, researching, and wrapping up of Seema’s first trip there in order to be more prepared for our own research trip.
 
 



Annual Luncheon Meeting
Saturday, June 1
Annual Luncheon Meeting
11:30 am to 2:00 pm
In Person
Diane Boumenot presents Changing New England Records in the 1800’s.
 
   11:30 am EDT     Restaurant opens
   12:00 noon EDT  Luncheon
     1:00 pm EDT     Business Meeting
     1:15 pm EDT     Presentation
 
Luncheon details coming soon.
 
Diane currently serves as Editor of Rhode Island Roots.  Her self-published book Rhode Island State Census for Genealogists is available on Amazon.  She is an experienced speaker, including speaking at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference, the APG webinar series, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and around New England, and, remotely, in various parts of the U.S.
 
Presentation:
Just as some New Englanders left their declining farms and headed west, industrialization arrived in New England and our ancestors’ lives and records changed forever. The days when deeds and probate would solve genealogical problems gave way to a dizzying array of new census collections, state mandated vital records, poorhouse, prison and asylum records, sturdier cemetery markers, and military pensions. Let’s re-teach ourselves as we trace 1800’s ancestors.
 
Location:
O'Connor's Restaurant
1160 W Boylston St
Worcester, MA